28 useful travel apps for trips in Europe

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If you have any upcoming trips and you were wondering what are the most useful free travel apps out there, here’s a list you can choose from. You can read about a lot of travel apps in the following categories: trip planning apps, navigation apps, apps for finding hotels, local transport apps, and other useful travel apps.

Most of the apps work offline too and you can access their desktop version too (with a few exceptions).

 

 

Apps that help you plan your trips

Rome2Rio
This is a trip planner that helps you get from point A to B anywhere in the world. In other words, you can use it to plan your trip across the globe, or you can use it to search for local connections too! Rome2Rio is a very useful travel app, if you want to check and compare the best transport options for your trips, as it covers more than 158 countries in the world!

Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

Skyscanner
For me, Skyscanner is the Tinder of traveling 😀 Probably my favorite app from this list, Skyscanner is a price comparison app, with “select cheapest month” option. You can set your destination, and if you are flexible about the dates, just select the cheapest month option and get yourself some cheap tickets 🙂 Another useful feature of Skyscanner is the “price alert”- by ticking this option, you will receive alerts about your chosen flight if there is any change on the ticket prices.
If you are reeeally flexible, select “Everywhere” as a destination, and Skyscanner will show you the cheapest tickets from the closest airport to you. Here are more tips about finding cheap flights!

Available on:

iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

Momondo

Momondo is another app that works as a travel search engine for: flights, hotels, car rental and places. You can have a personalized profile with all your preferences, compare prices of flights, and book hotels. A cool feature of the app is if you’re looking for a hotel in a prefered area “ you can draw any shape you want right on the map and we’ll only show you the hotels in that area.”

Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

Any airline’s official app
It’s no secret that airline’s give you discounts on different platforms you follow them. Sometimes it helps to subscribe to their email list to get exclusive content and promotion, and some airlines offer discounts on their official app. Always check the app before buying your ticket.
Available on a quick search in the Play Store or iTunes

 

Google Trips- Travel Planner
It’s Google’s travel planner with pretty useful features: it maps out suggestions for you in a city for things to do and see, and shows you the nearby attractions. You can search for landmarks, museums, café’s, shops that are near you. It also stores all your reservations and travel informations. Bonus feature: you can use it offline too!
Available on:
iTunes
Android

 

Packpoint
The description of Packpoint: ”PackPoint will organize what you need to pack based on length of travel, weather at your destination and any activities planned during your trip. “ How cool is this? 😀 This packing list is every traveler’s dream. Seriously: it even checks the weather and notifies you to pack an umbrella! <3
Available on:
iTunes
Android

 

TripIt
A travel organizer perfect for keeping all your reservations at one place, organize your trip, edit your plans, and store travel documents on it. You can choose between a free and a paid version of this travel app (more features for 49$/year). You can synchronize your Packpoint account with your TripIt!
Available on:
iTunes
Android

 

If you liked these tips, check my tips about finding cheap flights!

 

Navigation apps for European cities

 

venice gondolier

 

Maps.me
A detailed map which works offline! It has an accurate navigation, with a lot of POI objects, and current traffic situation. You just have to download the preferred country’s map. Perfect for any city break!
Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

Google maps
This one is obvious, and probably you already have it on your phone. But just in case, here are a few features why I love using Google maps: it is very accurate, you can also use it offline (the maps have to be downloaded in advance), and it’s Google- it has all the information you need. You can access the Street View images, reviews of places, and customize your preferences. If your phone is accurate enough, it even shows you the direction you are facing (this feature saved us a few times in Venice).
Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

Ulmon offline maps
If you are looking for a specific city’s map, this is for you. I use this one for major European cities. Every map has to be downloaded, as it is an offline travel app. Note that it is mainly for major cities in the world.
Available on:
iTunes
Android

 

Any local metro app
With a quick search, you can find a metro app for almost every major city in Europe. Some of them will only show you a picture of the lines, while the others let you plan your trip from point A to point B with the local transport (e.g. BKK futár in Budapest). Either way, download the metro app for European cities in advance, you can use most of them offline while in the city.
Available on: quick search in the Play Store or iTunes (City name+metro)

 

Apps for finding accommodation in a city

cave hotel in cappadocia

 

Booking
My top choice when it comes to finding a hotel when traveling. It is easy to use, you can search hotels by many criterias, and can book a hotel right away from the app.
Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

Airbnb
You want to feel like a local (and pay less)? Book an Airbnb! Search among a lot of offers from locals renting their place for your: you can rent entire apartments! You can use price filters when looking for an accommodation, and see the listed places directly on the map (very useful feature). With this voucher, you get 26$ off your first booking! Enjoy!
Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

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Couchsurfing
It’s a great app for finding free accommodation and get in touch with locals. With more than 12 million users, you can find a place to sleep almost anywhere in the world! You can also become a host and offer your couch to the other travelers
Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

Hotel Tonight
The Hotel Tonight is a useful app for booking last-minute hotel deals. Although I never found any good deal- it’s worth a shot if you are looking for last-minute deals.

Available on:
iTunes
Android

 

Hostelworld
33 000 hostels in more than 170 countries. It’s a great app for finding hostels, booking hostels and get last minute deals. Keep in mind that it also has hotels and b&b’s!
Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

Trivago
One of the most important websites for finding a hotel room– also available on mobile. You can search hotels by city, region, country. It has a variety of filters you can use, and it also has a comparison feature. Book your hotel with Trivago.
Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

Expedia

Book hotels, flights, car rentals, vacation packages- basically you have everything in one app. You can also use some of the features offline.
Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

Useful travel apps

 

 

Tripadvisor
While it is used for it’s many features, my favorite part of Tripadvisor is the review section. You can read traveler’s opinions about hotels, landmarks, museums- everything. Or you can review places yourself! You can use TripAdvisor to compare hotel prices, explore restaurants by food type, discover things to do and see in any chosen point of the world. Must have app!
Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

Google Translate
If you are visiting a foreign country, don’t forget to download the Google Translate app! You can use it offline to translate words and phrases by downloading the selected language. Never go on a foreign trip without it (even if you will mostly use it to translate food names).
Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

Evernote
This one is not necessarily a travel app, it’s more like an app for keeping all your notes together. I use it as an online travel diary, it’s great for writing down thoughts, places, names, things to see. You can attach documents, photos, videos to your notes, and you can access it on desktop too!
Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

XE currency
The best currency converter out there with live rates, and can be used offline too (it stores the last available information). Never get scammed, download this currency app! Another great trick is to use Google as a converter: just type in the amount of money and the currency + TO + the currency you want it to convert it (e.g. 150 USD to EUR will show you the amount). For a more accurate converter, download the app.
Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

Seatguru
If you are a frequent flyer, this app is pretty useful: it allows you to check the seats of your flight. You can see where the best seats are, which places have more legroom, which is next to the emergency exit. You can also check the type of the plane you are traveling by entering the airline, flight information and dates.
Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

Local transport apps

 

GoEuro: trains, buses, flights
This app is ideal for finding and booking local trains in Europe. You can buy a mobile ticket to skip the queues. It compares the prices of buses, trains and flights in Europe. Note that it works with the major national rail companies in Europe (it may not be useful for traveling in Eastern Europe).
Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

Uber
With all the attention it received in the past few months, Uber doesn’t need a lot of introduction: Uber is an app that allows you to take rides from A to B by requesting a driver to your location online. You pay via the app, it’s quick, often cheaper than the local taxi services. Note that it may be banned in some countries, so check ahead before traveling.

Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

BlablaCar
A very popular ride-sharing application- basically it is online hitchhiking. Riders share their cars with stranger for long distance rides. You can often find rides that are cheaper than the local transport.
Available on:
iTunes
Android
Desktop

 

 

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